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BBC WORLD ON AEROPLANES (article first published : 2005-05-30)

In a ground-breaking technological advance, real-time live programming from BBC World will become available directly to passengers onboard selected flights from later this year.

It's the first time that the BBC's commercially-funded news and information channel has been seen on aeroplanes in this way. It has been made possible through the award-winning high-speed mobile internet service offered to airlines by Connexion by Boeing, and means that viewers can stay in constant touch with the very latest news, business and sport stories while in the air.

BBC World will be accessible to passengers through their laptops, as it is transmitted, meaning that - just as when at they are at home or work - they can see comprehensive, award-winning hourly news bulletins, and a full range of current affairs, documentary and lifestyle series. These include HARDtalk, the hard-hitting daily interview programme; BBC News Extra which offers greater analysis of the global news agenda; and FASTTRACK, BBC World's weekly travel news show.

The first carrier to offer BBC World as a live global channel will be Singapore Airlines but it will be expanded later this year to include other companies that offer the Connexion by Boeing service. This delivers high-speed internet, data and entertainment connectivity directly to travellers in-flight through broadband connections to equipped aircrafts. It will also, in time, become available on seatback televisions.

Zina Neophytou, travel distribution account director, BBC World, says:"BBC World is trusted and respected around the globe for Putting News First, and for offering coverage and analysis of stories of international significance. This agreement will enhance even further BBC World's substantial audience among opinion-formers and business decision-makers, keeping them fully informed while they're flying."

BBC World is available locally on the DStv Multichoice bouquet.




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